My Great Grand Father Malayalam Movie Review

Feature Film
'My Great Grandfather' narrates the life of a bachelor when a 24-year-old female with her five-year-old son approaches him claiming that he's her father. An unconvincing film with a silly old-fashioned plot, this Jayaram starrer flick has ample mundane moments in store.
Jun 9, 2019 By K. R. Rejeesh

Here the presentation is dead straight and the pace is quite well, yet the familiar template does the damage. A more conventional dramatisation has been embraced by Aneesh Anwar in his latest directorial venture, which is passionless and exasperating. It's not quite funny enough to be a comic family drama, evolved from the writing of Shani Kader. The unimaginative scripting creates ample room for foreseeing the inevitable happenings in the life of the protagonist.

'My Great Grandfather' showcases the life of Michael, played by Jayaram, and his self-conflict while sandwiched between his friend and his past. A 41-year-old bachelor, Michael has close friendship with Sivan (Baburaj) and Saddam Hussain (Johny Antony). Once Sivan gets into an argument with Michael and they part ways. The efforts of Saddam, who is working in the Gulf, to reunite them prove in vain. Now Michael is in love with Delna (Divya Pillai) and their marriage is round the corner.

Dharmajan Bolgatty plays Paulson, a close aide of Michael. One day Paulson is approached by 24-year-old Sharon (Surabhi Santhosh) with her five-year-old son claiming that Michael is her grandfather. Hearing the news, Michael is baffled and there starts the confusion. Michael has sisterly affection towards Sivan's sister Pooja (Asha Aravind). She suspects that there is some foul play involved in Sharon's appearance. His father Kora (Vijayaraghavan) takes Sharon as Michael's wife. Now his marriage with Delna gets stalled.

'My Great Grandfather' is undoubtedly an unconvincing film with a silly old-fashioned plot. It has ample mundane moments in store. Aneesh Anwar's creative intervention is shoddy and disappointing here when you consider his couple films in the beginning of his career. Every layer has patterns of conventional drama soaked in the 'mistaken hero' factor.

Jayaram rehashes a role that he has donned umpteen times during the late 90s and in some flicks after 2000. The zealous effect in his performance is hard to come by owing to the tepid screenplay. Divya Pillai and Surabhi Santhosh are not given enough screen space even though their characters demand prominence in the second half.

The scenes in the police station with SI Vincent (Baiju Santhosh) are futile exercises for evoking humour. Baburaj is apt for such a character but his expressions towards the climax are hardly enough to create an impact.

K. R. Rejeesh